Jim Connolly

Chairman/Owner

Jim Connolly is the owner of Planet Turf.  He has a degree in Agronomy from Washington State University and continued studies in Environmental Science from the University of Connecticut and graduate classes in Crop Science from Washington State University.  He is a former agronomist for the United States Golf Association Green Section where he made over 600 golf course consulting visits.  He is a Certified Professional Agronomist and has 36 years’ experience in the turf grass management field.

Riley Connolly

President

Riley graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Asian Studies. He has been working in the golf industry since he was 15 years old and has experience in golf maintenance, hospitality, caddying, and day-to-day course operations. A short list of some the courses he has worked at includes The Golf Club at Black Rock, Spokane Country Club (now Kalispell CC), and The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. As President, Riley supports our staff by overseeing all departments, helping team members set and achieve goals, maintaining vendor relationships, and working with the Planet Turf team to reach it’s company vision of becoming the go-to turfgrass solutions provider in the PNW and beyond. Riley began working at Planet Turf in September of 2016. He enjoys hiking with his wife and dog, playing hockey, golf, and whiskey.

Jared Whitaker

Vice President of Sales & Technical Support

Jared received his degree in Agronomy, with a major in Turfgrass Science from Washington State University.  He has worked at renowned golf courses throughout the US and gained valuable hands-on experience.  Jared has worked at Riviera Golf Club, Atlantic City Golf Club, Spokane Country Club, Sonoma Golf Club and most recently at Huntsman Springs Golf Club in Driggs, Idaho.

Jordan Anderson

Regional Turfgrass sales Specialist, Landscape Services

Jordan services customers in a variety of industries from landscape turf management, to parks, schools, and golf courses.  He loves working with customers to solve problems and offer economical and effective solutions for all things related to turfgrass and landscape management. Jordan has an Associate’s Degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Service and Repair from Spokane Community College, and lives in Spokane with his wife and two children.

Aaron Stamper

Regional Turfgrass Sales Specialist, Western Washington, Oregon, and Central Oregon

Aaron graduated from Walla Walla Community College with a degree in Turf Management. He has over 20 years’ experience in the turfgrass industry and worked at prestigious golf courses such as Riviera Country Club, Sonoma Golf Club, and Spokane Country Club. Most recently Aaron was golf course superintendent at Skamania Lodge Golf Course in Stevenson, WA.

Anders Edling

Manager of Purchasing and Operations

Anders graduated from the University of Idaho in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Anders is responsible for inventory control, purchasing, shipping and logistics, coordinating Planet Turf truck routes for local deliveries, and ensuring orders are shipped and delivered in a timely manner and according to customer instructions. He last worked as a field supervisor for International Directional Services, and prior to that, Stellar Industrial supply. This included managing survey technicians and directional drilling projects in Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona, coordinating projects, and helping set up inventory management systems for large scale customers. He enjoys spending time with my wife or playing hockey and golf.

Amy Connolly

Vice President, Administration

Amy Connolly cofounded James Connolly Consulting, LTD with her husband Jim Connolly in 1999.  As the business of consulting branched into sales and marketing with Planet Turf she took on the role of Office Administrator and Accounts Manager.  Amy continues to serve as Vice President and Senior Advisor for Planet Turf and James Connolly Consulting.

Danielle Hunt

General Bookkeeper